Undergraduate Social Work Funding

Social Work students should apply for their funding as soon as possible after applying for a course.

 Welsh Domiciled Students are able to apply for the following:

  • Tuition Fee Grant
  • Tuition Fee Loan
  • Assembly Learning Grant
  • Maintenance Loan
  • Social Work Bursary (you will not be eligible for this if you are in receipt of financial incentive to train from your employer)
  • Practice Learning Opportunity Allowance (PLOA)
  • There may be other supplementary grants available depending on your circumstances.

To apply for the Social Work Bursary and the PLOA you need to apply to Social Care Wales.

There are a limited number of Social Work Bursaries available; therefore we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

To apply for the tuition fee support and maintenance loan you will need to apply through the Student Finance Wales website.

English Domiciled students should contact Student Finance England and the NHS. 

Students who already have a degree and want to study the Social Work course are eligible to apply for the Maintenance Loan, Supplementary Grants, Social Work Bursary and PLOA. 2nd degree students will not be able to receive a Maintenance Grant and will be required to fund the £9000 tuition fees themselves. 

Swansea University provides further support for care experienced young people, more information can be obtained here

Studying the MSc in Social Work

At Swansea University the fees for the Masters in Social Work for 2016/17 are set at £6,400.

English domiciled students please visit www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students for more information.

Welsh Domiciled Students are able to apply for the following:

Social Work Bursary

Social Work Bursaries of £6,640 (which includes a contribution of £3,390 towards Tuition Fees) are available to students on the MA in Social Work. However students must:

  • Be ordinarily resident in Wales and
  • Be studying in a Welsh institution and
  • not be receiving a financial incentive to train from an employer.  

The bursary is non-income assessed and does not need to be repaid. Each Social Work programme is allocated a set number from the 227 bursaries available to ensure a fair distribution. Students are therefore ‘nominated’ by the institution to Social Care Wales for a Bursary. Therefore not every eligible student will be entitled to receive this funding. 

For more information please visit https://socialcare.wales/careers/student-funding 

Practice Learning Opportunity Allowance (PLOA)

This is designed to provide a contribution towards placement expenses that Social Work students incur as an integral part of their qualifying training.  Eligible students who normally live in Wales are able to claim up to £7.50 per practice learning opportunity day. For more information about the allowance please visit: https://socialcare.wales/careers/practice-learning-opportunity-allowance-ploa

Supplementary Funding

In addition to the bursary detailed above, you may be entitled to apply to Social Care Wales for additional Financial Support dependant on your circumstances and eligibility:

  • Parental Learning Allowance (PLA). Up to £1,505. This grant assists students with dependent children cover course costs
  • Childcare Grant (CCG) Up to a maximum of £8,330 per annum for one dependent child and £14,285 for two or more dependent children.  Helps with the cost of registered childcare incurred while studying
  • Adult Dependents Grant (ADG). Up to £2,645. Available if an adult depends on you financially
  • Disabled Students Allowance. If you require further support due to a disability or learning difficulty, you may be able to apply for Disabled Students Allowance.